A World Where LivingWorks
Proudest Moments

Proudest Moments

November 15, 2021

This is the sixth and final episode in season three of A World Where LivingWorks, a series featuring conversations with co-founder, Richard Ramsay. What a special series it has been!

In the last episode Richard talked with our host Kim Borrowdale about the train the trainer community development model and how trainers around the world work with different environments and cultures while maintaining the fidelity of the LivingWorks model. Today, they wrap up the series talking about some of Richard’s proudest LivingWorks moments.

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Let‘s Talk About Trainers

Let‘s Talk About Trainers

November 1, 2021

This is the fifth episode in season three of A World Where LivingWorks, a season focused on learning about the history and evolution of their groundbreaking suicide first aid training practices, now being taught around the world. 

In the last episode LivingWorks co-founder Richard Ramsay talked with our host Kim Borrowdale about the evidence behind that LivingWorks program. In this episode we get to the heart of LivingWorks, the people, the thousands of trainers in communities and workplaces around the world who are helping millions up-skill in suicide first aid.

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It Just Works

It Just Works

October 18, 2021

This is the fourth episode in season three of A World Where LivingWorks, a season focused on learning about the history and evolution of their groundbreaking suicide first aid training practices, now being taught around the world. 

In the last episode we talked about how people really gravitated to the ASIST model of suicide intervention skills training when it was developed with Richard saying, it just worked. 

In this episode, we talk a little more about the evidence behind that program and others developed by LivingWorks since. They are often referred to as the gold standard in suicide intervention skills training and you can see a full list of ever increased published papers and studies on their website – with more being added by research teams and implementers in diverse settings around the world each day. 

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Around The World We Go

Around The World We Go

October 4, 2021

This is the third episode in season three of A World Where LivingWorks, a season focused on learning about the history and evolution of their groundbreaking suicide first aid training practices, now being taught around the world. 

In the last episode, co founder Richard Ramsay was just about to tell us about how fellow co founder Brian Tanney met Bruce Turley, who was key to LivingWorks’ development – and, like us listeners, was also keen to know what was in Brian’s suitcase!

In this episode Richard tells us about how people in different communities and cultures around the world responded to the ASIST model; from Canada to Norway to Australia and all around the world.

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From Little Things Big Things Grow

From Little Things Big Things Grow

September 20, 2021

This is the second episode in season three of A World Where LivingWorks, a season focused on learning about the history and evolution of their groundbreaking suicide first aid training practices, now being taught around the world.

In episode one our host Kim Borrowdale talked with LivingWorks co founder Richard Ramsay about the early days, some 40 years ago. Make sure you have a listen to that episode if you missed it. We won’t give you too much of a spoiler but let’s just say that a film student and a road trip weren’t what we were expecting.

Today we’re continuing that chat having a look at how this new curriculum teaching people suicide first aid was put to the test in Canada and then further afield.

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How It All Began

How It All Began

September 8, 2021

We know LivingWorks today as a global leader in suicide intervention. Thousands of trainers in workplaces and communities around the world teaching gold class suicide first aid programs like the two day ASIST workshop, the half day SafeTALK suicide alert helper workshop and now the 90- minute online interactive introduction to suicide first aid, LivingWorks Start. Programs that have been endorsed in more than 50 peer reviewed journals around the world, that have informed international policy and are implemented everywhere from schools to military bases, hospitals to sports clubs and everything in between. 

But do you know how it all started almost 40 years ago? In 1983 to be precise.

In the first episode of series three of A World Where LivingWorks, our host Kim Borrowdale talks to with co founder Richard Ramsay about how it all began.

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Introducing Series Three of A World Where LivingWorks.

Introducing Series Three of A World Where LivingWorks.

September 3, 2021

Hi I'm Kim Borrowdale and I'd like to welcome you to the third season of A World Where LivingWorks.

We know LivingWorks today as a global leader in suicide intervention. Thousands of trainers in workplaces and communities around the world teaching gold class suicide first aid programs like the two day ASIST workshop, the half day SafeTALK suicide alert helper workshop and now the 90- minute online interactive introduction to suicide first aid, LivingWorks Start. Programs that have been endorsed in more than 50 peer reviewed journals around the world. That have informed international policy and are implemented everywhere from schools to military bases, hospitals to sports clubs and everything in between.

 But do you know how it all started almost 40 years ago? In 1983 to be precise.

Coming together from diverse backgrounds including social work, psychiatry, and counseling, four men—Richard Ramsay, Bryan Tanney, Roger Tierney, and Bill Lang—had a radical idea: what if they could empower everyone to help save lives from suicide? Setting out to address the lack of effective skills among both laypeople and professionals, they developed the precursor to the current LivingWorks ASIST program and a Train-the-Trainer model to disseminate it.

Our third season of A World Where LivingWorks is an extra special one as I talk with LivingWorks co founder, Richard Ramsay. In each episode we’ll discuss the evolution of LivingWorks and suicide intervention practices – where we’ve come from and where we’re going when it comes to saving lives from suicide and supporting people to live well.

We’d love you to join us. Tune in from next week on all the usual podcast players.

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Kim and LivingWorks acknowledge Traditional Owners of the beautiful lands wherever you’re listening. Our warmest thoughts are also with those who have been impacted by suicide, who know the pain it brings to our lives and the desire to make positive change for all of us to live well.

Suicide Prevention in Asia with Professor Paul Yip

Suicide Prevention in Asia with Professor Paul Yip

April 23, 2021

In this episode we talk with Professor Paul Yip from Hong Kong about suicide prevention in Asia.

Professor Yip is the Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Hong Kong University, Chair Professor of Population Health at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and the Director of the HKJC Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention (CSRP). His current research interests involve population health issues including poverty alleviation, adopting a public health approach in suicide prevention, restriction of means, cost-effectiveness of suicide prevention and program evaluation.

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Podclub: Your say on our interview with Associate Professor Maree Toombs

Podclub: Your say on our interview with Associate Professor Maree Toombs

March 13, 2021

In this Podclub epilogue we share listener feedback on the last episode about culturally tailored training when it comes to suicide prevention.

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Culturally Tailored Training with Associate Professor Maree Toombs

Culturally Tailored Training with Associate Professor Maree Toombs

February 22, 2021

In this episode we talk with Associate Professor Maree Toombs about culturally tailored suicide intervention training.

Maree is a proud Kamilaroi and Kooma woman and an Aboriginal researcher. Her expertise is in the mental health of Indigenous Australians and exploring the interface between Indigenous and Western research methodologies.

Maree is Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement) for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Queensland with one of her current projects being I-ASIST, a culturally-tailored training program established to address the increasing rates of suicide among Indigenous people living in rural and remote areas.

If you want to learn more about I-ASIST, get in touch with the team at LivingWorks.

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